Disasters – both natural and man-made – require you to think on your feet in the middle of a possibly chaotic situation, which is why it is so important to know and understand these top ten survival tips for disasters.
Be Prepared Ahead Of Time
It is important to always be prepared for the worst case scenario because disaster can happen at any time and sometimes you just don’t get prewarned.
Know Your Emergency Evacuation Plan
Map out your evacuation plan ahead of time – and practice it.
Make sure every member of your family – even the youngest ones – knows what the plan is and when they need to act on it.
Remember cell phone towers may be down, so having another form of communication – or a meeting place – is important.
Do Not Panic
It is important to stay calm no matter how bad the situation is.
The calmer you are, the more rational your thought process is going to be and the easier it will be to make quick decisions should the need arise.
Keep Cash On Hand
Always keep cash on hand.
Depending on the situation debit and credit cards might not function.
Banks might not be open or accessible.
Cash might be the only way for you to buy things such as fuel or food or even rent a place to sleep provided those things are available.
Keep Your Gas Tank Full
Keep Your Bug Out Bag Ready
Be sure every member of your family – including pets – has a bug out bag packed with essentials.
Make sure they know where it is – and if you work away from your home, carry your bug out bag with you if at all possible.
Be Prepared To Render First-Aid
It is important to do more than just pack a First-Aid kit in your bug out bag or keep on in your bathroom at home.
It is essential that you understand what is in the kit and how to use the items before an actual need arises.
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Have A Safe, Warm And Dry Place To Stay
While everyone hopes to stay in their home during a disaster, sometimes that is not possible due to the severity of the situation.
A prime example of a time when you might have to leave your home is when a hurricane is about to hit the area where you live.
Another option is to stay at a shelter or in a hotel.
Be sure to call ahead and book a room in the event you intend to stay at a hotel because in an evacuation situation they fill up fast.
Know How To Forage
Food is often one of the hardest items to find when disaster strikes because it is one of the many items looters take.
Be sure to have a supply at home and make MRE’s part of that supply.
However, even if you think you have the bases covered, knowing how to forage could save your life.
Have Access To Safe Water
Clean, safe drinking water is an absolute necessity – and keep in mind each person needs at least a gallon a day.
Keep extra water on hand at home.
Buy the best portable water filter you can afford as well as water purification tablets and know how to use them before you need to.
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